How to Import Camcorder Videos to Live Movie Maker

by Christine Smith • Jul 23,2019 • Proven solutions

Camera Videos

1. Import Camera Videos to Apps+
  1. 1.1 Import MTS to Adobe Premiere
  2. 1.2 Import MTS to Final Cut Pro
  3. 1.3 Import MTS to iMovie
  4. 1.4 Import MOD to iMovie
  5. 1.5 Import Camcorder Video to Windows Movie Maker
  6. 1.6 Import Camcorder Video to Sony Vegas
2. Play Camera Videos on Devices +
  1. 2.1 Play MTS on iPad
  2. 2.2 Play M2TS with Plex Media Server
  3. 2.3 Play M2TS with XBMC
  4. 2.4 MTS Converter for HD Devices
3. Convert Camera Videos to Other formats +
  1. 3.1 Convert Canon MTS/M2TS to Any Format
  2. 3.2 Convert Panasonic MTS/M2TS to Any Format
  3. 3.3 Convert M2TS/MTS with Handbrake
  4. 3.4 Convert MTS to MPEG
  5. 3.5 Convert MTS to MOV on Mac
  6. 3.6 Best MTS to MOV Converter
  7. 3.7 Convert M2TS to MOV
  8. 3.8 Convert M2TS to MP3
  9. 3.9 Convert MTS to 3GP
  10. 3.10 Convert MTS to QuickTime
  11. 3.11 Convert MTS to WMV
  12. 3.12 Convert AVCHD to MP4
  13. 3.13 Convert M2TS to MP4
  14. 3.14 Convert MXF to MOV
  15. 3.15 Convert VRO to MP4
  16. 3.16 Convert MOD to MOV
  17. 3.17 Convert MOD to MP4
  18. 3.18 Convert MTS to Prores
  19. 3.19 Convert VHS to Digital
  20. 3.20 Convert 8mm Film to Digital
  21. 3.21 Convert HDV Video
  22. 3.22 Convert JVC Camcorder Videos on Mac
  23. 3.23 Convert MTS to iMovie
  24. 3.24 Convert MTS to FLV
4. Camera Video Converters +
  1. 4.1 Top 5 Free Online MTS to MOV Converter
  2. 4.2 Free MTS Converter
  3. 4.3 Best M2TS Converter
  4. 4.4 Sony Camcorder Converter
  5. 4.5 Top VHS Converters
  6. 4.6 Tod Converter for Mac
  7. 4.7 Free MOD Converter
  8. 4.8 MOD Converter for Mac
  9. 4.9 M2T Converter
  10. 4.10 Best MTS Converter
  11. 4.11 MTS Converter Mac
  12. 4.12 TS Converter for Mac
  13. 4.13 TS Converter for Windows
  14. 4.14 MTS to WMV Converter
  15. 4.15 Aiseesoft MTS Converter Alternative
5. Other Tips & Tricks +
  1. 5.1 Full Guide to Camera Video File Formats
  2. 5.2 Add Subtitles to M2TS
  3. 5.3 Transfer Videos from Camcorder to Computer
  4. 5.4 Burn Videos from Camcorder to DVD
  5. 5.5 Compress Camcorder Video
  6. 5.6 Upload M2TS to YouTube
  7. 5.7 Connect Camcorder to Mac
  8. 5.8 Import Sony Video to Mac
  9. 5.9 Best JVC Camcorders
  10. 5.10 Best 4K Camcorders in 2017
  11. 5.11 Best Sony Video Camera
  12. 5.12 Top Sony Camcorders

Windows Live Movie Maker is famous for simplicity and convenience to sharing videos on YouTube and Facebook, and of course because it's a Microsoft product. But as you may know, it's not the upgraded version of the Windows Movie Maker in Vista or XP. On the contrary, Windows Live Movie Maker lacks some important features on the previous version of Windows Movie Maker. However, significant improvements are also achieved, at least that's what the announcements said. Frankly, if you are a video editing beginner, you will find Windows Live Movie Maker definitely easier to import camcorder videos for movie making and sharing with others, with a minimal number of editing features.

How to Import Camcorder Videos to Windows Live Maker Maker?

Step 1 Install Windows Live Essentials.

For some reasons, importing camcorders video to Windows Live Movie Maker requires Windows Live Photo Gallery. You can download it here: When installing, only select the software you want.

Step 2 Import Camcorder Videos to Live Photo Gallery.

The followings are the detailed steps to import camcorder video to Windows Live Movie Maker. A wide range of camcorders are supported.

1. Run Windows Live Movie Maker - Click Start and type Movie Maker in the search box, select Windows Live Movie Maker in the search results to open it.

2. Depending on your camcorder device, do one of the followings:

  • Connect your digital camera to your computer using its USB cable, and then turn on the camera, and if necessary, switch to VCR mode.
  • Connect a video camera that records to an internal hard drive or flash memory card to your computer using a USB connection.
  • Insert the flash memory card into a card reader (if you have one).
  • Insert the DVD (already finalized in your DVD camcorder) into the disc drive on your computer.

3. In the program, click Import from device. If the 'Photos and videos will be imported into Windows Live Photo Gallery ' message appears, click OK.

4. In the Import Photos and Videos window, click the device that you want to import photos and videos from, and then click Import.

5. On the New photos and videos were found page, click Import all new items now, type a name for all the photos and videos, and then click Next.

6. Camcorder items are imported to Photo Gallery from where you can create movie or edit media using Windows Live Movie Maker.

Step 3 Add Camcorder Videos to Live Movie Maker

In Photo Gallery, select the check box in the upper-left corner for each photo or video you want to use in your movie. On the Create tab, in the Share group, click Movie. The selected photos and videos are added to the storyboard in Movie Maker. Now camcorders are imported to Windows Live Movie Maker finally. Long steps, right? And sometimes, you will be frustrated with ridiculous problems, such as incomplete video clips, desired video not appearing, or other unpredictable codec errors. Especially for the DVD disc created with DVD camcorder, you will have to convert your DVD/Video with video converter before importing to Windows Live Movie Maker, rather than importing from disc by DVD drive.

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What's More

The below photo/audio/video formats are supported to import to Window Live Movie Maker. Check it out if your camcorder video are supported by this version of Windows Movie Maker. And if it is necessary, use the video converter to get Windows Movie Maker supported videos first.

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Note: Sometimes you need software to view what's the real codec for the video to import to Windows Live Movie Maker. To do so, use the GSpot to find what video codec is used and install corresponding codec to import to Vegas. Download GSpot here.

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